The Clothes: Perfect. Kiely was inspired by a ’60s beach vacation as well as Raul Difi and Slim Aarons. I fell in love with boatneck babydoll dresses with sheer floral panels, peter pan collared shirts, swing coats and cropped trousers adorned with sailboats and swimmers, daisy printed crop tops, perfect little jackets and trenches and Read more →
It’s Day 4 of NYFW and we’re still kicking, though we have a few blisters now. It may have been our best day ever because we saw Naomi Campbell and David Beckham in the same 24 hour span. Are there two more gorgeous people on Earth? Aside from those pretty people (and some surprises, like Madonna’s baby Lourdes Leon), we also spotted covetable clothes at DKNY, Orla Kiely, and Antonio Azzuolo, and morning margaritas at Lyn Devon.
Throughout Kate Middleton’s first year of married life, the Duchess has donned a slew of tasteful and decidedly quiet outfits that inevitably landed tenfold in the press—-each one leaking online with increased excitement.
There’s no doubt that the brands the Duchess supports have experienced unforeseen growth, selling out of Middleton’s favorite pieces in a matter of days, sometimes even hours.
Though despite the profit-drawing qualities of what retailers now call ‘The Kate Middleton Effect,’ The Sunday Times recently published an article drawing attention to the phenomenon’s reverse implications. The (paywalled) piece, which was picked up by international outlets, including The Daily Beast, noted that after Middleton wore Links of London’s Hope drop-style earrings in her official engagement photos, the brand quickly sold out of the style at such an accelerated rate that they were unable to produce additional stock at the necessary speed, leading to an onslaught of counterfeits that cost the brand $12.6 million in potential profits. Titled, “Kate’s Favourite Jeweller Loses £8m to Net Pirates,” the article quoted the head of the brand’s online sales team as saying, “The counterfeiters were a lot cleverer than we were at the time of the wedding. We didn’t have that much stock so we started to sell out quite quickly … The counterfeiters took advantage of that by saying they had stock and people were duped into buying them.”
If you weren’t able to get your hands on the now sold-out Orla Kiely coatdress Kate Middleton wore on a recent visit to an Oxford elementary school, don’t worry! You can still have a little bit of that signature Orla look, at a price that won’t put a dent in your wallet. The Irish designer, famous for her prints, has teamed up with Uniqlo for a cute capsule collection of perfect springtime staples.
Two blond ladies from somewhat opposite ends of the spectrum, career-wise and age-wise, star in the latest campaign for Uniqlo. Echoing the presumably diverse age range of Uniqlo’s customer base, there’s 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson and 58-year-old Cyndi Lauper (though Lauper might say they’re the same age at heart).
Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford, England, to support one of her charities, The Art Room. She chose a Birdie jacquard shirt dress from Irish designer Orla Kiely for the occasion–a rather trendy choice for Miss Kate. Think of Kiely as the Kate Spade of Read more →
I have a new obsession. Orla Kiely’s namesake ready-to-wear line seems to have shamefully few fans in the US, though I can’t imagine that will be the case for much longer. The label seems to have a strong following in the UK where it is based, made evident by the Brit-heavy crowd at Tuesday night’s party for the designer at the Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall, which included The Like’s Tennessee Thomas, Giles Deacon and soon-to-be divorcée Karen Elson. (P.S. a little birdy told us that “divorce party” didn’t actually happen.)